Factsheets

  • Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus

    27 Aug 2016

    Management Tips to Avoid Yield Penalties: Growers in high rainfall zones should be proactive and develop a Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) management plan which includes crop monitoring, green bridge management, foliar pesticide sprays and pre-sowing seed treatment. These actions will control aphid populations which spread BYDV.

  • European Earwigs Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Earwigs in the medium and high rainfall zones: European earwigs have emerged as a pest of increasing significance in the past five to ten years as a result of changes in farming practices.

  • Retaining Seed fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Grain retained for seed that is harvested following wet conditions requires attentive management if a healthy crop is to be established next season. This management starts at harvest and continues through storage, handling and seeding.

  • Farm Business Risk Profiles

    27 Aug 2016

    A risk profile describes the combination of a business’s ability to incur risk and an individual’s personal risk attitude. Understanding your business’s risk profile can improve communication and result in better decision making.

  • Spring-Sown Winter Canola

    27 Aug 2016

    Recent trials have shown that spring sowing of winter canola can provide increased returns compared to a summer fallow.

  • Foliar applications of spray

    27 Aug 2016

    Foliar applications of fungicides and insecticides

  • Reducing aphid and virus risk

    27 Aug 2016

    Early management decisions are key to reducing aphid and virus risk.

  • Understanding a bank's approach to farm business

    27 Aug 2016

    Are you getting the best deal from your bank?Without access to finance, growing your business and even accessing adequate working capital can be very difficult. Reducing your finance costs by trying to pay as little as possible in interest and fees to your financier is good business practice.

  • Stay safe around grain storage

    27 Aug 2016

    The fundamental approach to grain storage safety is the same as for all other farming activities. The aim is to have a safe workplace for everyone on the farm, including workers, contractors, families, visitors and the owner/managers.

  • Group A Herbicides in Fallow

    27 Aug 2016

    Using Group A herbicides for control of grass weeds in fallow:With the increasing frequency of glyphosate resistance, growers require alternative solutions to control grass weeds in fallow. The use of Group A herbicides in fallow to control grass weeds such as the Chloris species – feathertop Rhodes grass (Chloris virgata) and windmill grass (Chloris truncata) – has shown to be a viable option for controlling young weeds. However, Group A herbicides have a high frequency of resistant individuals in unselected populations, so will quickly develop resistance if survivors are not controlled.

  • Farm Financial Tool: Livestock Gross Margin Budget Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Do you know the relative profitability of your farm’s enterprises?Many Australian farmers are involved in ‘multiple enterprise’ farming systems, which means the profits from each enterprise should be known. It is therefore important to understand gross margin budgets and their role in farm financial analysis.

  • Early-sowing wheat in Victoria

    27 Aug 2016

    With decreasing late autumn rain, growers can take advantage of early autumn falls by sowing winter wheats and slow-maturing spring wheats.

  • What your tax return tells you

    27 Aug 2016

    How much does your tax return tell you about your business? One of the few legal obligations on a farm business is to have an annual tax return completed, so by default, tax returns remain the number one financial record of a farm business. However, as few farmers know how to read and use them, they are one of the most under-utilised resources in a farming business. Are you getting the most out of your tax return?

  • Millipedes and Slaters Fact Sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Millipedes and slaters in no-till systems: The black Portuguese millipede is emerging as a sporadic but damaging pest of broadacre agriculture, particularly canola, while high populations of slaters have damaged some crops in recent years.

  • Irrigated Wheat: Achievable yields for irrigated wheat

    27 Aug 2016

    Irrigated wheat can yield up to eight tonnes per hectare in the northern region, given good management and adequate water around flowering time.

  • Direct heading canola fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Early planning key to direct heading: Many grain growers fear that direct heading canola is risky and that high shattering losses are inevitable. But with improved management and timing of harvest operations, it is increasingly being considered as a cost-effective option.

  • Pre-harvest Herbicide Use fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Stewardship for pre-harvest application of herbicides in winter crops:The responsibility to avoid herbicide residues in delivered cereal, pulse and oilseed grains sits squarely with grain growers and their advisers.The application of herbicides late in the season to prevent weeds setting seed or to desiccate crops must be carried out with caution and in line with herbicide label recommendations. It is essential to check if these practices are acceptable to buyers, as in some situations markets have extremely low or even zero tolerance to some pesticide and herbicide residues.

  • Septoria tritici blotch fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Changes in Septoria tritici blotch resistance to fungicides have been detected in the southern grain growing region, especially where wheat is sown into wheat stubble. Variety selection and crop rotations are essential for effective disease control.

  • Durum quality and agronomy fact sheet

    27 Aug 2016

    Tips for achieving higher durum quality and yields: To produce the highest quality durum, growers need to develop a management plan which considers agronomic and variety selection as well as understanding the requirements of pasta manufacturers andend users.

  • Soil testing for crop nutrition (Southern Region)

    27 Aug 2016

    Updated critical values for soil tests will help improve test interpretation to inform better fertiliser decisions.